Austin Energy Deputy General Manager & Chief Operating Officer

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Oct 20, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering or a related field, plus eight (8) years of progressively increasing responsibilities relevant to the electric utility industry including managing large-scale infrastructure assets in a related field or industry requiring uninterruptable business operations, including six (6) years of experience in managerial or executive capacity.

Notes to Applicants
  • The Austin Energy Deputy General Manager & Chief Operating Officer recruitment will be led by Mycoff Fry Partners LLC .
  • To be considered, candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to
  • Click here to view and download a brochure on more information about this opportunity.
  • Interested candidates should apply by the close of business on November 3, 2020.
  • This position will stay posted until filled.
  • Confidential inquiries are welcomed by contacting 800-525-9082 or
  • Prior to final interviews, candidates will be required to sign a release form to authorize verification of employment history, degrees obtained, and other certifications.

Pay Range

Monday - Friday, 8 - 5 p.m. evenings, weekends as required for business needs.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 721 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, Texas 78704
Preferred Qualifications
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Provides overall leadership and direction for transmission, generation, market operations, distribution, district cooling and energy, IT, strategic planning, and emerging technology functions.
Sets direction and achieves desired results for safe and reliable operations, customer service delivery, energy supply cost management, renewable energy goals, and public and employee safety, while maintaining compliance with all applicable environmental and regulatory requirements.
Ensures the reliability of the AE electric system, and advances systems/service delivery to minimize outage duration and frequency and improve customer communication/service.
Is responsible for the Operations organization Profit & Loss (P&L) with a focus on fiscal responsibility and cost-consciousness in accordance with applicable policies. Ensures compliance with Federal, State, Local, and industry regulations.
Provides direction and oversight for AE's participation in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) market, and appropriately manages associated risk.
Provides development and deployment of strategies/plans that meet customer needs and to continuously improve performance levels for the Operations organization.
Represents AE's interests in policy, energy, technical, and environmental issues with governmental/regulatory agencies, boards, councils and commissions, as well as joint partnership oversight bodies.
Advises the General Manager and other company executives on matters pertaining to Operation activities, and ensures all functions are operating together effectively to achieve the strategic initiatives and goals.
Monitors industry trends in generation, transmission, distribution, and market operations, including advances in technology, and implements best practices.
Assumes AE General Manager duties and responsibilities in their absence.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of Local, State, and Federal laws, regulations, and ordinances affecting the utility, including NERC , ERCOT , TRE , TCEQ , and EPA .
  • Knowledge of all facets of the electric power industry with a focus in generation, transmission, and distribution operations including engineering, project management, quality, and risk management functions and environmental, health and safety requirements.
  • Knowledge of renewable energy policies and organized energy markets.
  • Knowledge of strategic business planning, reengineering, organizational change strategies, and performance measurement to achieve business excellence.
  • Knowledge of system planning and operations including engineering, project management, asset management, and quality and risk management functions and implementing resource plans.
  • Knowledge of emergency management, including incident command, and business continuity planning.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of equity, including experience in applying equity frameworks to established laws, ordinances, and long-standing practices.
  • Skill in fiscal planning, developing and preparing budgets, and managing revenues and expenses (P&L).
  • Skill in developing flexible and adaptable strategies to achieve organizational goals by understanding the organizational capabilities and external market conditions, the regulatory environment, and technological advancements.
  • Skill in managing and allocating financial and human resources to execute operational business plans and support economic development.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with City employees, City Council, the media, and the public.
  • Skill in creating customer value and addressing evolving customer needs ability to meet customer expectations.
  • Skill in leading and managing a diverse workforce including both exempt and non-exempt employees in a utility field services environment.
  • Ability to design short- and long-term strategies/programs that are scalable and efficient in a large and complex organization.
  • Ability to implement current best practices of leadership and management through training and maintaining an engaged work environment; and to develop staff to act with a focus on the future, be adaptable, overcome resistance to change, and execute with a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services for AE and the City of Austin.
  • Ability to work with and coordinate between multiple City departments and internal business units to meet goals and objectives.
  • Ability to make decisions and develop innovative approaches to deal with frequent change or unexpected events and handle conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, develop and deliver public presentations, and act as the corporate spokesperson when incidents involving operations occur.
  • Ability to use an equity lens and framework to create inclusive, diverse, and safe workplaces and community programs.
  • Ability to manage diversity, understand inclusion, and work with diverse communities or populations to build constructive and effective relationships.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

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